The staffing industry in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts
Staffing firms operate within the business services industry; finding workers for client companies. Unlike recruitment companies, staffing firms primarily deal with temporary and contract job positions, although not necessarily exclusively. Staffing firms find temporary employees to fill job positions for client companies which require staff for short term work assignments. These positions, which are usually for lower skilled jobs, have vacancies available for a variety of reasons, such as, maternity leave, short term projects or periods of high demand in the company. Despite the candidate working within a client company, they often remain an employee of the staffing agency. This is not the case in all positions, as the employee may go on to be hired permanently by the client company.
Despite the U.S. holding a large share of the global staffing industry, the largest staffing firm in the world is not American, it is the Swiss company Adecco. In 2015, the company’s revenue amounted to 24.43 billion U.S. dollars, with the largest share of its business generated in the industrial sector. The largest U.S. company in the ranking is Manpower which generated over 19 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2015. Manpower placed approximately three million people into permanent, temporary and contract positions worldwide during the same year.
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